The Technological and the Human in Contemporary Society: Artifacts, Devices and Representations
In this study I observe how some communications of contemporary society react to an increasing interdependence between humans and technology and reflect on how technological proliferation modifies the human condition. To achieve my aims, I analyze certain outcomes creating public opinion (newspapers, radio, television and social media), artworks, literature, and technological metaphors and metonymies in contemporary philosophical thought.
By thinking the human as a bio-psycho-social event from a social systems theory approach, my aim is to observe not only the structural couplings between psychical (consciousness) and social systems (communication), but also how biological (corporality) and technological systems (devices, artifacts) are implicated in the formation of social structures of interaction. This means complementing Luhmann’s theory, like Jorge Galindo proposes, by recognizing an embodied social form (as in Bourdieu’s notion of habitus) and the presence of social forms surrounding 'non-human' technological artifacts (as in Latour’s actor–network theory).